To save money on the food you purchase, it is often necessary to buy in bulk and stockpile items. This requires foresight and planning so that you can determine how much food to store and safely use before it expires.
There are a few products that you will use consistently, without fail. These are the items that it is important to keep in stock in your home. In the long run, this will undoubtedly save you time, money and your sanity! If you are new to stockpiling food items, I advise you to make a list of the top ten items that you find yourself reaching for daily or weekly. To keep things simple to start, only list long-shelf life (nonperishable) items that don’t require refrigeration (steer clear of stockpiling bread, fresh produce and dairy products if you’re new to this).
Commonly Used Food Staples to Stockpile:
Once you have your list, determine how much of each items your family will use within a given time period (3 months, 6 months or a year). There are many items you can purchase and safely use up within a year, so that is an optimal time frame to shop for. If that is too ambitious, aim for 3 months.
For example, if you go through one bottle of ketchup per month, it would be wise to two or three bottles at once if you find a great sale. If the sale price is $1.00 per bottle, you may be able to get three bottles at $3.00, rather than purchasing each at the full price of $2.49 each. There are countless ways to save money this way both with and without using coupons. The key is to be aware of what you’re using and how much of it you are using, and with that knowledge you will be armed and dangerous!
It does not benefit you to have a bunch of random items that you’re not using and don’t need. That is why it is important to keep track of the items you have and use the items before they expire. Once you get a nice system in place with the nonperishables, you can add frozen goods, dairy and other items to your stockpile list.
Storage of a few staple products goes a long way in meal preparation. Additionally, with the knowledge of which products to store at home, you are able to purchase them at bulk prices, which are often 30-50% cheaper than regular prices.
What 5 items can you start stockpiling today?